Summerlicious 2013 Restaurant #3: Pan on the Danforth

Pan on the Danforth located at 516 Danforth Avenue in Toronto

The other Greek restaurant that I’ve been on the Danforth for a ‘licious event was several years ago at Ouzeri.  I remember the portions to be huge and the food was very authentically Greek.  Although a completely different restaurant, dining at Pan on the Danforth this time during Summerlicious 2013 was a similar experience.  

The ambiance, service, and decorations were all great.  Actually, service was brilliant as the food was served immediately upon ordering.  My friend had just gone up from the table to go to the restroom and before she returned to the table, our first course was already served.  I’ve never had such fast service before!

 

Kolokithokeftedes -- Zucchini croquettes with feta, kefalograviera cheese and fresh herbs

Kolokithokeftedes — Zucchini croquettes with feta, kefalograviera cheese and fresh herbs

It was hard to pick an appetizer on their list as they had just too many goodies to choose from.  My friend and I shared our courses so that we could get a taste of everything.  The Kolokithokeftedes (zucchini croquettes with cheese) were very good.  I think it could have been a bit more flavourful though, but it was very well prepared.  It reminded me of a crab cake.

 

 

 

Sesame Baked Feta -- Premium feta crusted with sesame seeds baked and served with olive tapenade

Sesame Baked Feta — Premium feta crusted with sesame seeds baked and served with olive tapenade

The Sesame Baked Feta was interesting as I’ve never had a baked piece of feta cheese before.  Only cheese lovers would appreciate this as it’s literally a block of baked feta.  I love cheese so I greatly enjoyed it.  It was a bit harder than I thought though and it was a little bit salty.  I really, really liked the olive tapenade (finely chopped olives) that came on the side too.  I love olives in general. 🙂

They bought this huge plate of pita bread along with our appetizers.  Although it looks kind of plain, it remained hot and soft throughout our first course and even before our mains came.  We each gobbled 3-5 pieces of these as they were very yummy despite being somewhat filling.  Each piece had a little bit of olive oil glimmering on its back.

I liked how the restaurant waited for you to finish your plate and collect it before bringing out the next course at a reasonable time.  We hardly had to wait for our food since they timed everything perfectly.  I really appreciated that.  The servers were attentive and friendly.

Vegetarian Moussaka -- Casserole of zucchini, eggplant, spinach, sweet peppers, and potato topped with béchamel, served with baby greens

Vegetarian Moussaka — Casserole of zucchini, eggplant, spinach, sweet peppers, and potato topped with béchamel, served with baby greens

The main courses were delicious and so generous with their portion sizes!  The  vegetarian moussaka was made with fresh vegetables and had a very cheesy layer to it.

Arni Yiouvetsi (Braised Lamb Shank) -- Mediterranean herbs and savory vegetables combined to form the rich taste of an Aegean specialty, served over monastiri orzo pasta

Arni Yiouvetsi (Braised Lamb Shank) — Mediterranean herbs and savory vegetables combined to form the rich taste of an Aegean specialty, served over monastiri orzo pasta

Their Arni Yiouvetsi (braised lamb shank) was heavenly!  First of all, those little grains that look like rice are actually pasta — orzo pasta to be exact.  They were extremely soft and delicious.  They reminded me very much of the seafood paella that I recently had at Lisbon by Night — it was a very similar texture and flavour.  I liked how I could just use the spoon and scoop in a mouthful of deliciousness.  Yum.  I’m drooling just thinking about it right now haha.  The lamb was so well done.  It was soft, tender, and everything you wish that a lamb shank could be.  This dish was very generous and I almost couldn’t finish it.  It was too good to be left behind though, so I did gobble up the whole thing for those of you that are wondering. 😉

The baklava bites were very sweet, although they’re generally known to be like that.  It’s very smart how they made it into little bites so that your sugar level doesn’t go through the roof after eating this dessert.  The pineapple on the side was a very good touch as it offset the sweetness well.   I liked it!  The Milfei (puff pastry with vanilla cream filling) was not bad.  It was literally a puff pastry with vanilla cream under each layer.  It wasn’t too memorable, but not terrible either.

All in all, a very satisfied meal.  I know it seems like I say every restaurant I’ve been to recently is AMAZING and worth a second visit, and it feels like I’m exaggerating, but I’m totally not.  This restaurant had very good food and their selection on the Summerlicious menu was very impressive.  They had 7-8 selections per course save for the dessert.  That’s quite a selection!  I would come again to try out other dishes that they have.  But then again, there’s so many nice Greek restaurants on the Danforth that I would rather spend my time on another one to check it out — after all, I do love trying out new places.  Thanks for reading. 🙂

Inside of Pan on the Danforth

Look at that white-looking thing under the huge light on the right hand side.  My friend noticed that it’s a huge pile of candle wax left over from all the candles that have been burned on that “stump”.  We watched the owner of the restaurant light even more candles.  There must be a lot of history behind that interesting “decoration” lol.

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